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Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965–2009 (BOOKS: Zachary Schrag 2010)0

Posted by Admin in on May 22, 2015
 

BOOK:

“University researchers in the United States seeking to observe, survey, or interview people are required first to complete ethical training courses and to submit their proposals to an institutional review board (IRB). Under current rules, IRBs have the power to deny funding, degrees, or promotion if their recommended modifications to scholars’ proposals are not followed. This volume explains how this system of regulation arose and discusses its chilling effects on research in the social sciences and humanities.

Zachary M. Schrag draws on original research and interviews with the key shapers of the institutional review board regime to raise important points about the effect of the IRB process on scholarship. He explores the origins and the application of these regulations and analyzes how the rules—initially crafted to protect the health and privacy of the human subjects of medical experiments—can limit even casual scholarly interactions such as a humanist interviewing a poet about his or her writing. In assessing the issue, Schrag argues that biomedical researchers and bioethicists repeatedly excluded social scientists from rule making and ignored the existing ethical traditions in nonmedical fields. Ultimately, he contends, IRBs not only threaten to polarize medical and social scientists, they also create an atmosphere wherein certain types of academics can impede and even silence others.

The first work to document the troubled emergence of today’s system of regulating scholarly research, Ethical Imperialism illuminates the problems caused by simple, universal rule making in academic and professional research. This short, smart analysis will engage scholars across academia.”

Planning Ethically Responsible Research (Books: Joan Sieber & Martin Tolich 2012)0

Posted by Admin in on May 22, 2015
 

BOOK: Sieber JE and Tolich MB (2013) Planning Ethically Responsible Research (2nd edition). Los Angeles: Sage.

“Extensively revised and updated to serve today’s needs for insight and solutions to the most vexing ethical and regulatory problems faced by researchers today, Planning Ethically Responsible Research, Second Edition guides readers through one of the most important aspects of their social or behavioral research: planning ethically responsible research. Authors Joan E. Sieber and Martin B. Tolich offer invaluable, practical guidance to researchers and graduate students to understand ethical concerns within real-life research situations, satisfy federal regulations governing human research, and work with the university’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). The book includes an abundance of useful tools: detailed instructions on development of an effective IRB protocol; methods for handling issues of consent, privacy, confidentiality and deception; ways to assess risk and benefit to optimize research outcomes; and how to respect the needs of vulnerable research populations.”

Dartmouth and Stanford Apologize After a Political-Science Experiment Gone Wrong – The Chronicle of Higher Education0

Posted by Admin in on May 22, 2015
 

A political-science study that involved a deceptive mailing to Montana voters raises questions about a new research trend.

Resourcing Practice, Not Policing Compliance: A New Role for Ethics Committees and Administrators.’0

Posted by Admin in on May 20, 2015
 

Key note paper presented by Dr Gary Allen at the 3rd Annual Australasian Ethics Network Conference, Brisbane, 15-17 March

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